Los Alamos Public Library Exterior

The Los Alamos Branch Library is located at 405 Helena St. 

After eight months of online and sidewalk services, the Los Alamos Branch Library has reopened to the community with modifications.

The library now is open for limited in-person services Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. Under the city's COVID-19 reopening restrictions, visitors are limited to 20 minutes in the library for "Grab and Go" services.

While inside, visitors are required to practice social distancing and wear face coverings, with sneeze guards separating library staff from visitors.  

The library's capacity is limited to 25%, with only four individuals allowed inside at a time, according to Joanne Britton, librarian III. 

The Los Alamos branch is the fourth of the Santa Maria Public Library's five branches to reopen, with the Orcutt, Guadalupe and Cuyama branches also reopening over the past month. 

The main branch in Santa Maria remains closed to visitors due to a delay in safety supplies, and will continue to provide sidewalk pickup service for library materials. 

The Los Alamos Branch Library is located at 405 Helena St. 

For more information about library resources, visit cityofsantamaria.org/library or contact Joanne Britton at 805-925-0994, ext. 2254. 

23 stories explaining the Central Coast's history, landscape, and traditions from Judith Dale

Judith Dale has written several columns highlighting the culture, geography and history of the Central Coast. Get better acquainted with our beautiful slice of California with this collection of her work. 

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Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Laura Place covers city government, policy and elections in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County. Follow her on Twitter @itslaurasplace

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